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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Financial Times by Joseph Cotterill.]

Kutlo Marumo, the man who makes President Jacob Zuma’s trademark leather jackets, emblazoned with the black, green and gold insignia of the African National Congress, should be doing a roaring trade.

South Africa’s ruling party is gearing up for a five-yearly conference where thousands of delegates will elect a new leadership and the jackets are a favourite of ANC members. But even Mr Marumo is feeling the pinch as a string of political and corruption scandals have battered confidence in Africa’s most industrialised economy, plunging it into its second recession in a decade.

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South Africa at a Glance
56 500 000 (mid 2017 estimate)
4.7% y/y in December 2017 (CPI) & +5.2% y/y in December 2017 (PPI)
2% q/q for the 3rd quarter of 2017
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